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The purpose of this consultancy is to:
- Design and conduct a landscape review on complementary feeding in young children in South Asia, including the status of complement feeding practices, and status of policy and programmes (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
- Develop a regional guidance document on multi-sector approaches for improving children’s diets during the complementary feeding period in South Asia.
The consultant will undertake the following tasks:
Work Package : Conduct a landscape review of complementary feeding policies and programming in South Asia region
- Develop the conceptual framework, methods and data collection instruments for the landscape review, and the draft structure of the report and country profiles/briefs
- Using agreed methods, review and consolidate analysis of the status of complementary feeding practices in South Asian countries, including time trends, distribution, and predictors.
- With the support of the UNICEF New York Data an Analytics Section, compile data on the current status, time trends and distribution of complementary feeding practices, using the key WHO indicators of complementary feeding
- Building on recent reviews synthesize the evidence on the predictors/determinants of complementary feeding.
- Using agreed methods, collate, organize and analyze data and information on the status of enabling environment, systems performance, and programmatic action for complementary feeding in the context of multi-sector nutrition approaches in the region. This includes the following:
- Enabling environment (leadership, policies, strategies, legislation, plans, multisector coordination, etc)
- Performance of key systems in delivering programmes, interventions and actions to improve complementary feeding (service delivery platforms and workforce; information systems for monitoring; supplies; demand creation; etc)
- Any other identified relevant information.
- Develop a regional complementary feeding landscape analysis report, and power point presentation, on complementary feeding in South Asia
- Coordinate the development of the overall regional complementary feeding landscape analysis report with UNICEF ROSA partners, including GAIN and A&T, and with the regional technical reference group.
- Develop a set of 8 country briefs/profiles summarizing by country the status of complementary feeding practices, enabling environment for complementary feeding, programmatic action, and other agreed data/information.
- Following the agreed structure, develop the draft regional complementary feeding landscape analysis report.
- Develop a summary powerpoint presentation of the landscape review for presentation at the South Asia regional conference on complementary feeding.
- Finalize the draft regional complementary feeding landscape analysis report incorporating feedback from the technical reference group and other experts for submission to UNICEF ROSA.
Work Package : Development of a regional guidance document on multi-sector approaches for improving children’s diets during the complementary feeding period
- Collate and review available global, regional and country guidelines/guidance, recommendations, frameworks, policies, strategies, reports, evidence on better practices and lessons learned and other relevant documents on multi-sector approaches for improving young children’s diets during the complementary feeding period.
- Prepare an outline of the overall structure and contents of the regional guidance document, including the objectives, scope, framework(s) and guiding principles.
- Share the proposed structure and contents of the maternal nutrition guidance document with key technical experts of SAARC member countries and leading regional nutrition technical partners and experts to gather input.
- Develop the draft regional guidance document on multi-sector approaches for improving children’s diets during the complementary feeding period.
- Develop a summary PowerPoint presentation of the proposed regional guidance for presentation at a South Asia regional conference on complementary feeding.
- Finalize the draft regional guidance document incorporating feedback from key technical experts of SAARC member states, regional nutrition technical partners and experts.
- Methods and overall approach to consultancy
Inception paper indicating
- work plan to conduct the key assignments;
- methods for conducting the landscape review developing the regional guidance, including draft templates synthesis of data/information; and
- draft outline of the contents of the landscape review report.
Final methods of landscape review following participation in UNICEF-led Asia complementary feeding meeting
Work Package :
- Draft outline of the structure and contents of the regional guidance document.
- Draft 8 country fact sheets on complementary feeding
- First draft report of the landscape review
- Final draft report of the landscape review and country fact sheets, with powerpoint presentation of key findings
- Final landscape review report and 8 country fact sheets
Work Package :
- Draft overview/framework for the regional guidance
- Minutes of technical consultation with representatives of SAARC member states on the overview/framework
- First draft of the regional guidance on complementary feeding
- Second draft of the regional guidance on complementary feeding for review by member states
- Final regional guidance
The assignment will be predominantly home-based with 1 travel to Bangkok and 3 travels to Kathmandu, with regular communication with UNICEF ROSA, regional stakeholders and platforms. The consultant is expected to have own computer and telecommunication access for regular skype calls during the regional landscape review and regional guidance development process.
- One travel to Bangkok (Thailand) to attend an international conference - 4 days
- Three travels to Kathmandu (Nepal) for discussion on the task and deliverable - 18 days
Education: An Advanced University Degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, International Health and Nutrition, Maternal and Child Nutrition, or other Nutrition-related science field is required.
- A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in public health/nutrition planning, management, policy research at the international level, including in low and middle-income countries.
- Experience in nutrition, food policy and public health policy and programming essential.
- Knowledge of policy, multi sector system response, programme action landscape on young children’s diets and feeding practices in the South Asia region essential.
- Proven experience in conducting nutrition policy and programming landscape analysis and assessments is desired.
- Proven experience in developing nutrition programme guidance /frameworks and toolkits desired.
- Expertise in complementary feeding and young children’s diets is desired.
- Cross disciplinary experience in nutrition, health, food systems, agriculture is desired.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Demonstrable analytical/data analysis and research skills, review, synthesis of data and information and database management.